I'm too lazy to search for all the media descriptions of President Ma Ying-jeou as "pragmatic." I'm sure there probably still are a few desperately out of touch individuals who see Ma as pragmatic. But for those of us living in the real world, nothing could be more in character for Ma, who is a right-wing nationalist ideologue, than his Ministry of Education moving the capital back to Nanjing. No really: the TT reports today:
A government document ordering schools’ procurement of teaching materials that mark Nanjing as the capital of the Republic of China (ROC) and Taipei as the current location of the central government indicated President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration’s persistent attempts to promote the links between Taiwan and China, as well as the administration’s misinterpretation of the Constitution, lawmakers and academics said yesterday.And you know when he steps down the international media, toadies to the end, will praise him for being pragmatic...
A photograph posted by National Taipei University of Education professor Lee Hsiao-feng (李筱峰) on Facebook yesterday, which showed a Ministry of Education document issued on Monday to schools nationwide, went viral on the Internet.
“The document reflects the Ma administration’s ideology and its state of mind as a government-in-exile, which the majority of Taiwanese do not agree with. We should not be surprised because Ma has always tried to go against the trend,” Lee said.
On my Facebook today someone joked that Ma would then go on to appoint representatives for the provinces in China lost to the CCP. Two days ago I might have found that joke funny. Now I find it... unsettling. As the article points out, this is a Party that still believes it owns Mongolia.....
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